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Why a Zodiac is special
This small, inflatable, rubber motorized craft is swift, stable and maneuverable. It's ideal for navigating rocky shallow waters. You get close-up views of places regular boats cannot access.
The ship's fleet
Most Antarctica cruise ships that make landings have 8 to 12 Zodiacs. Each accommodates 10 passengers plus the skipper.
Number of trips
You normally make two Zodiac excursions per day, one in the morning, the second in the afternoon. Each lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
Types of Zodiac trips
Most are landings, others are sightseeing cruises through iceberg-dotted bays and channels.
There are no docks, so you have to make wet landings. This means you slide off the Zodiac into shallow water averaging a depth of 30 centimeters or 12 inches) and walk ashore.
What you see
You observe large rookeries of waddling penguins and their charming chicks, beaches spotted with lazing seals, cliffs sporting a myriad of seabird nests, and spectacular icebergs and landscapes.
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Zodiac landing tips